Positif (magazine)

Positif is a French film magazine, founded in 1952 by Bernard Chardère in Lyon. It is one of two major French-language film magazines, created several months after Les Cahiers du cinéma.[1] The magazine is headquartered in Paris and is published monthly.[2]

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EditorMichel Ciment
Based inParis

Traditionally, Positif has served as a counterpoint to Les Cahiers du cinéma, focusing on film themes and scripts, in contrast to politics and aesthetics. In the 1950s, Positif was associated with the non-Communist left (while Les Cahiers du cinéma originally held political affiliations with the right). Today, Positif is a neutral publication run by volunteers.

The magazine was edited by Eric Losfeld from 1959.[3][4] After publishing an article about Orson Welles in 1963, Michel Ciment became a member of the magazine's editorial committee. In 1966, he was promoted to editor in chief, a post he continues to occupy today.

Positif has been printed by different publishers throughout the years and is currently published by Actes Sud in collaboration with the Institut Lumière.

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  1. ^ Ismaël Houdassine (6 December 2015). "Le magazine Séquences célèbre 60 ans de cinéma". Huffington Post (in French). Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ Robert M. Webster (October 1983). "A Guide to Film Periodicals in French". The French Review. 57 (1): 57–63. JSTOR 391065.
  3. ^ Senses Of Cinema
  4. ^ Independent.co.uk

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